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Storms and strong winds

Strong winds, or gales, are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK.

The Met Office has guidance on what to do before, during and after a storm to make sure your family and property are kept safe.

You can also get up to date severe weather warnings on the Met office website.


During heavy storms you might be at risk of flooding. Take precautions to make sure you are prepared for flooding and can protect your family and property.


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents provides information and advice about lightning and how to be safe during storms.

In a lightning storm shelter inside a car or large building. Keep away from wide, open spaces and exposed hilltops. Do not shelter underneath tall or isolated trees (One of the most common reasons people are struck by lightning is because they were sheltering under trees).

Loss of utilities

During severe weather you may be at risk of losing your electricity, water or gas supply (known as utilities). Make sure you know what to do if you lose utilities during bad weather.

Insurance cover

Check your home insurance policy to make sure it covers damage from storms and bad weather.

The Money Advice Service offers advice on what a good insurance policy looks like.

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